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Narrative:A BRITISH chopper was forced to crash-land yesterday after being shot by a Taliban rocket.
Westland Sea King HC4+
|Operator:||Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (ISAF)|
|Registration:|| ZA298 / Y|
|C/n / msn:|| WA912|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5|
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||Nad-e Ali, Helmand Province -
|Departure airport:||Camp Bastion Airfield, Lashkar Gar|
Five troops were injured when a rocket propelled grenade struck the Sea King as it came in to land at a checkpoint in Afghanistan.
The copter, used for transporting gear and troops, was on a routine mission when it was hit by a freak "lucky shot."
Despite the craft's damage - and the crew's injuries - the pilot avoided catastrophe by crash-landing at the checkpoint in Nad-e Ali, Helmand.
The five suffered fragmentation wounds but no "life changing" injuries.
A source said last night: "The pilot did extremely well to bring the craft down. The helicopter was close enough to the ground to crash land relatively safely.
"It could have been a lot worse. Luckily it wasn't the middle of nowhere." Experts are assessing the damage to the Sea King.
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||Dr. John Smith
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